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26 Mar 12. The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK’s primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies, is pleased to announce details of its annual HiPerNano conference, to be held on 24th April at Savoy Place, London. HiPerNano 2012 will showcase new developments in nanomaterials, nanocoatings and nanodevices for solving engineering challenges. Performance engineering industries face challenges in product development and maintenance such as reliability and performance under a range of extreme environments including temperature, pressure, friction, wear, corrosion, stress and impact. This one-day conference, organised by the NanoKTN and sponsored by The IET, provides a unique opportunity to network with industry peers and to find out the latest developments in materials, coatings and monitoring systems currently providing engineering solutions to the challenges faced by manufacturers and operators. The event is relevant to all engineering sectors including aerospace, automotive, offshore, energy, defence and construction, as well as nanotechnology developers and manufacturers. HiPerNano 2012 is a unique opportunity to meet and hear from experts in a range of technology areas including Barrier & Protective Coatings, Graphene & New Materials, Tribology, Nanocomposites, Sensors & Monitoring, and Aerodynamic Flow. Speakers include: BAE Systems, Haydale, AgustaWestland, Thomas Swan & Co., tripleO Performance Solution, Aerospace Metal Composites Ltd, Johnson Matthey Technology Centre, LVH Coatings, Durham Graphene Science, Ilika plc, Southside Thermal Sciences, Miba Coating Group/Teer Coatings Ltd, Promethean Particles, QMUL/Nanoforce Technology, National Physical Laboratory, Micro Materials Ltd, TWI, Imperial College London, and the Universities of Cranfield, Manchester, Southampton and Surrey. Dr Fabrice Perrot, Managing Director at ALSTOM Grid Research & Technology Centre will provide the industrial keynote entitled The Role of Nanotechnologies in the Electrical Power Transmission Industry, an OEM’s Perspective. The UK Energy Policy has set-up some very tough targets to the Electricity Supply Industry including for example, the 2020 targets will require the UK to increase electricity generation from renewable sources to 15% (currently ~3%). Such challenges even on the UK scale will require significant investments from a number of industries, especially the Electricity Supply Industry. Dr Perrot will look at ways in which ALSTOM Grid is helping create solutions to these challenges and more specifically the role nanotechnologies may play.

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